By Ara Edmond Dostourian
This paintings is a translation of the Chronicle of the 12th-century Armenian historian, Matthew of Edessa. The Chronicle, which covers the interval from 952 A.D. to 1162 A.D., largely offers with occasions occurring in Armenia and higher Mesopotamia, and in addition provides many references to significant occasions within the Byzantine Empire and people parts conquered through the early crusaders. The author's target is to explicate these components of the Chronicle which aren't transparent; to explain the textual content via ancient, geographical, bibliographical, chronological, and different references; and to check and distinction the narration of occasions within the Chronicle with that of alternative historians, either modern and non-contemporary. The advent discusses the historian's existence, paintings, and attitudes. Co-published with the nationwide organization for Armenian experiences and study.
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All the Armenian lords assembled before the patriarch his lordship Peter, and Gagik was anointed king over all Armenia by the grace of the Holy Spirit and at the behest of the distinguished prince;3 thus at his behest the virtuous and illustrious Peter4 anointed Gagik. This [distinguished] prince was of the lineage of Hayk and a Pahlavid by descent. 5 He shone forth as a second Samuel, he who anointed David king over all Israel. 6 This prince, who was very pious, religious, and invincible among learned men, made Gagik king over Armenia.
Ntry of the Albanians, he devastated] by his troops w,::' Th~e regions were burned [and bIe fires there. After this' he 0 ~aused much suffering and innumerato his own home. re urne to the country of the Albanians 76. In this same year for th . eman forces, many places subm 'tt d~as hno commander for the of this, great destruction was b 1 e 0 t e Romans; now, because one hundred thousand Roman t rought on Armenia. At that time of Ani and encamped before its gr~ops ~ ered against the royal city forces gathered around th a es.
On the third day of the month of October, at the third hour of the day, the upper firmament of the heavens was torn apart from east to west; and thus the blue sky was cleft in two. A dazzling light fell upon the earth from the northern portion of the sky, and the whole land shook with a tremendous movement. Before the light abated a horrible roaring and reverberating sound fell upon all living creatu~es. Then the sun darkened and the stars appeared as in the 48 MATTHEW OF EDESSA PART I night. The whole land was filled with mourning, and shedding bitter tears, all the peoples cried out to God.